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I just had the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation.
It has been two years since I went down to my summer house in Marco Island, Florida. After Hurricane Irma in 2017 took a direct hit on Southwest Florida, the tiny white sand beached Island was destroyed.
The apartment that I spent years playing cards and playing with puzzles and with toys was in need of a major overhaul after the front door to the balcony had flown off with the 185mph winds from the hurricane.
For the past two years my parents had flown down many times to meet with the contractors, take apart the unit and then rebuild it.
Two years later and it is finally done, and my little house is back to being my second home.

I always feel so at peace when I am down there. Life is so relaxed, so quiet and stress free. Time slows and you are forced to wear casual clothes, wear your hair natural and sit in a bathing suit all day. Life down there on the small island is so different from life up on the big island of Manhattan or Long Island.

I had the best vacation with my family. I did not study (even though I lugged my LSAT book all the way down with me). I answered emails and worked on some blog collaborations. I chatted with friends. But mostly, I sat on the beach in a bikini with my family catching up on Vogue and Cosmopolitan.


Before I flew down, I knew I was going to be wearing shorts for the week. I went through my closet and was not amused by my choices. I stepped back from my closet, sat down at my desk, and realized that my shorts did not excite me anymore because they were tight, uncomfortable and not flattering. I have come to realize that a lot of my clothes are ill fitting, as I discuss more in this blog post.

I figured out that I will not wear clothes that are uncomfortable or not flattering because they sit in my closet. My J.Crew 3-inch chino shorts that I wore all throughout high school and three years of college are no longer my go-to summer staples.
They are super preppy and cute, don’t get me wrong, but being a really tall person, they cut my legs off at a weird spot. They stop right at my inner thigh, a place where I carry my weight.
They are also tight around my butt and are super uncomfortable to sit down in.
I realized the only shorts I do wear in my closet are high waisted and flowy and look more like a skirt than anything else.



J.Crew navy blouse | ASOS orange linen shorts ON SALE | Rocksbox Tess+Tricia seashell earrings | Jack Rogers white sandals

So, after a quick browse on Zara and ASOS, I found the most flattering and comfortable high waisted flowy shorts.
They all make my waist look tiny and flow out, giving me that hour glass look every woman desires.
They make my legs look über long and lean.
The shorts are a bit retro but I kind of love that. They are classic and still preppy, just way more flattering than my chinos.

I am selling my chinos (some literally have only been worn 2x over on my Poshmark account @tallandpreppy). Just because they are not the shorts for me anymore, does not mean they will not be a great addition to your wardrobe. :)

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Dear Elizabeth, 
When you started Tall and Preppy, you were going into your senior year of high school. It was a scary yet exciting time. You loved high school and were afraid to leave the comfort of your routine and the house you had lived in for the past 17-years, but you were excited for a change. You will be happy to know that you met some of your best friends in high school and the good friends will continue to be in your life for a very long time after you leave home and move to North Carolina. You are so excited to go to college, but you are so nervous for the next chapter in your life. You will soon find out that college is so much better than high school and you will have the best years of your life!
Four years later, you will later find yourself in the same situation that you were in when you started your blog, going into your senior year of school and graduating. Both times are scary yet exciting.
You will fall in love with your university even though you were a bit skeptical at first.
You have never liked change, but it comes easier to you over time.
You will mature in more ways than you can describe.
You will learn to not get involved in drama.
You will learn to be nice to everyone, even if you do not like them.
You will figure out your passions, your strengths and your weaknesses a little more each day.
You will learn that college is way different than high school and it is okay to not be a complete overachiever and take 17 hours of credits your first semester.
You will meet some amazing people in college.
You will see that being social is fun and going outside your comfort zone is important!
You will see that it is okay to eat breakfast and lunch alone!
You are going to have so much fun meeting new people and experiencing new ideas! Embrace it all and enjoy it!
You will see that rejection sucks and always will, but you will believe a little more every day that everything happens for a reason.
You will learn that there are more good people in the world than bad.
You will learn that you have to be flexible but there is nothing wrong about having a plan whether that be in life or while on a trip.
You will quickly realize that you are going to have to kiss a lot of toads to find your prince.
You will fall in love with France and Europe even more than you already did.
You will become braver every day.
Cliché- but remember to learn from your mistakes and analyze how to not do the same ones again in the future.
You are going to find a workout or workouts that you love, and you are going to stick to them.
You will also learn that life is too short to not eat dessert, pasta and bread. And you are just as beautiful as you were before you ate all the carbs and sweets, as well as after.
You do not always have to say yes to everything but remember to have a little fun every day.
You will learn to not be afraid of people who will make fun of you and laugh at you. Be confident and do not care about what people think! It sounds impossible, but I promise it gets easier over time.

Finally, make sure you call you parents and grandparents and the rest of your family.
Do not give up on your dreams whatever they are.
Continue to be true to yourself.
Listen to your heart and your head.

You are going to turn out to be a wonderful, successful and strong woman.

Life is not always easy or fair but every mistake or disappointment that happens in your life will only make you stronger.

You got this!

Love,
E

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Anyone else sacred about being an adult?
*Adult= Pay a mortgage, and/or don’t live at home with your parents and/or have a 9-5 job.
ME!
Or if you are an adult, are you struggling to create your personal brand and are you looking for a new job?

I just took the BEST online course to help solve all of our problems.

MillenniAlli is a fellow blogger and fellow Long Islander that helped me craft my resume, gave me interview tips and gave me lots of downloadable resources.

This 15-hour online video course also taught me:

·      How to look for a job with a job search outline
·      To look at my personality by taking a personality assessment and figure out what kind of job I would like to have in the future
·      How to identify my hard and soft skills
·     How to create a purpose statement: the what, how and why
·     How to update my resume with examples
·      How to make business cards
·      The importance of a personal website
·     How to create/update my LinkedIn profile
·      How to track job applications
·     How to write a cover letter with examples
·      How to craft a narrative for interviews
·     How to negotiate salaries
·     How to figure out what to wear to an interview


My sister’s office is very causal, so this is the outfit I wore to work the other day.
I am wearing a t-shirt, but I still looked pulled together and professional with this adorable snakeskin skirt from Banana Republic Factory.

These skills are valuable for young college grads, young professionals and working adults who want to change their job and need a little help.

I completely transformed my resume and cover letter writing skills with the help from Alli.
Even though I am not applying to jobs at the moment, I still need a strong resume to apply to law schools.
I feel much more confident in my interview skills as well.
Alli's course was fun and made me want to work on my resume and LinkedIn page.
She also has great downloadable templates and forms that I found really useful.

I would highly recommend checking out Alli and her course to teach you how to be the best job candidate and young professional.
:)

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I asked on my Instagram stories during T&P Thursday’s two weeks ago, as I was packing for the Hamptons, if you wanted to see my amazing packing list that I use for EVERY single trip I have ever gone on!
I made this list years ago when I was packing to go down to my summer house in Florida, and it works for every trip, any destination (even living abroad), regardless of the climate.
So here it is!

P.S. If you want an Ultimate College Packing List click HERE


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No, I did not lose my glass slipper or meet a prince, but I did purchase this fabulous shirt from J.Crew that totally makes me feel like I stepped out of my favorite Disney movie.

I have always loved fun sleeves!
Bell sleeves, ruffle sleeves; the crazier the better! These little puff sleeves are so cute!

I am always in need of white shirts in the summer. They are my staples. This one is my new favorite white shirt for this season.

P.S. J.Crew is having a major 40% off sale this weekend! So, go get this cute blouse!


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Another weekend in the Hamptons with my best friends!

We made our way-out East Friday morning in the pouring rain for our annual trip. After getting out to East Hampton we spent the rainy day making homemade pasta, fresh sauce, brussel sprouts, slutty brownies and baked brie. Friday night we feasted.
This was the first of many big meals in the Hamptons.
I felt like all I did all weekend was eat!




After dinner, we walked to the East Hampton point dock and watched the sun finally set into the clear water leaving pink and orange wispy clouds in the sky after a week of rain.
It was the perfect way to start the official summer season.






J.Crew Factory white eyelet dress | Jack Rogers pink and gold sandals | Tory Burch double pearl earrings | Tory Burch gold logo bangle | Rocksbox Aster ring

Saturday morning, we woke up early to spend a day at Atlantic Avenue Beach. This was my first real beach day this summer! It was so perfect for the first weekend of the season. 
The temperature was perfect. There was a little breeze off of the Atlantic and I felt very at peace and very relaxed. My friends and I caught up on some light reading courtesy of Cosmopolitan magazine and Vogue.

We had an amazing day until I had a creepy man, a man the age of my grandfather, approach me on the beach and comment on my looks.
I did not take it as a compliment, rather I was creeped out. I was just sitting on the beach with my friends reading and enjoying the beautiful sunshine until I was interrupted by an unsettling comment from our beach neighbor. I almost told the guy off but yet again I submissively said, thank you and walked away. One of these days I will have the confidence to tell the strange men that they are making me feel uncomfortable. But until then I will continue to suffer. Sadly, this is a regular occurrence for me, as well as, I’m sure, many other young women. 
As upset as I was, I laughed it off with my friends, because you have to laugh to keep yourself from crying!



For dinner we went to Moby’s. It really was not good. The restaurant was beautiful and had amazing views of the water and the sunset, but the food was really sub-par considering the hefty price.
Our waitress rushed us through dinner, and we were not pleased.
I deem myself a foodie and have very expensive taste when it comes to food.
So, when the bill came out to be $60 a person, I was hungry and less than amused. 








Another beautiful sunset over the water made up for the flavorless and boring food.

On Sunday we had another beautiful beach day. A super-hot and steamy day but nonetheless very relaxing yet again.

I had the best weekend with my best friends. We can really talk about anything and everything. I have known Michelle and Giorgia since elementary school, but we really became best friends in high school.
They have been there through it all with me; all the drama, all the boys, all the failures and all the successes, from elementary school now into our senior year of college.
I feel so blessed to have these amazing women in my life. I love them both dearly and I hope I will be friends with them for the rest of my life.

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Every campus tour I give I always talk about how I picked my English and French Studies Double Major.
I thought I would share the story with you.

I went into Wake my freshman year being a Politics and International Affairs major and a French minor. I loved politics class in high school and thought it was what I had to major in to go to law school. I also wanted to continue with French because I had already been taking French for six years.
Since I was little, probably since I was in the fourth grade when I played Warner in an all-girls production of Legally Blonde, I had the dream of going to law school.

Unfortunately, I did not do very well my first semester of college
I took 17 hours or 17 credits of classes, (which I HIGHLY discourage anyone from doing) because I was very ambitious and excited to be in college. I ended the semester with two C+ and in my eyes, a pretty low GPA.
One of the classes I got a C+ in was American Politics with Dr. Smith. I thought it would be an easy shoo-in class because I had just taken AP government my senior year of high school and did extremely well in the class and on the AP test.
Well this class was extremely hard; the professor was horrible, and I actually failed the first of two tests.
This was concerning for my politics major.
However, I did not give up. I rather decided to take a break from politics and finish up some liberal arts requirements but return to it my sophomore year.
In the spring I took an English class, English 165, British Literature along with Public Speaking in the Communications Department and History.
I loved all of these classes.
I made Dean’s List for the first time in the spring of my freshman year!

When the fall of my sophomore year rolled around, I decided to take Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and U.S. Policy since 2001. A very interesting class and I did really well, but I was starting to fall out of love with politics.

I was confused and did not know what classes to take in the spring semester of my sophomore year. My friend Joe suggested that I go make an appointment with the office of Academic Advising to help guide me and make sure I was on the right track to graduate on time.

I sat down with one of the deans of advising and the first thing she asked me was what I wanted to do after I graduated. 
That was an easy answer for me: law school.

She then asked me what my favorite class was from the year before and my reply was my British Literature.

She also asked what I was involved in on campus. My reply: the school paper, Kappa Delta date function chair, and my blog (p.s. this is my 600th blog post!).

She asked me if I wanted to work in D.C. or in the government?
I told her “not really.”

She then asked me why I was not an English Major?
I had no answer for her.

I left the office skipping onto the bricks on the upper quad. I called my parents grinning saying “I’m going to be an English Major!”

My dad, a businessman, did not like that idea and did not think it would be beneficial to my law school dream. Only after sending my dad this article did he start to see the benefit of an English degree. My mom, a special education teacher, with an appreciation for liberal arts, was more enthusiastic about my new discovery than my father was.

This was the best decision I made at Wake.

Since declaring my double major in English and French in the spring of my sophomore year, I am beyond happy. (For a time, I did move my Politics major to a minor, but quickly decided to drop that). I have learned so much. I have grown so much as a writer, reader and thinker.

I picked English and French because I am so enthusiastic about both of the subjects.
I am genuinely excited to go to my English and French classes every day. That’s the key to picking your major: find out which classes you LOVE to go to! It is okay if you do not know at first what you want to major in or what you want to do after you graduate, I clearly did not. I am going into my senior year and I still have friends who have no clue about what they want to do. So, it is okay! You will figure it out! It is also okay if you pick a major that goes against your parents’ wishes.

With English I am becoming the best critical thinker, best writer and best analyzer I could be.
The English professors at Wake are phenomenal. They are so underrated. I leave all of my English classes amazed by their intelligence. I am star struck by some of my professors. They are teaching me how to think critically and discuss those ideas in class. They are also strengthening my writing skills. News flash: you need writing for everything!

My French major is so fun and was pretty easy for me to do because I started at Wake in French 212. I did well on the AP test in high school and placed into that class. Wake requires a foreign language, so you have to get up to level 200. I only had to take that one class if I wanted to finish the requirement. However, I decided I wanted to continue with French because I had been working on it already for so long. Then when I decided I was going to Dijon for my junior year in the fall I knew I could easily double major because I would receive 15 credits of French and would only be two classes away from the major when I returned from abroad. If you could not tell, going abroad was one of the best experiences of my life and I think everyone should go live in a foreign country for a semester! 

My English major is also helping me prepare for the LSAT, which is my big focus this summer. I have to say; it is actually kind of fun to study for. It’s hard, but I’m enjoying it.

I know that with my English degree from Wake Forest University I will be able to do anything. A liberal arts degree from a top 30 school in the nation has endless possibilities. When I graduate from Wake Forest next May, I feel confident that I will attend a great law school and become a great lawyer, all because of my liberal arts degree.


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The two biggest summer trends are rainbows and polka dots.
I cannot remember the last time I wore either pattern.

I have come to realize that polka dots are like stripes or gingham or cheetah, they are neutral.
I got this adorable faux wrap dress from J.Crew.
I have the same one from last summer in blue gingham.
It is so flattering and super comfortable.
J.Crew has a lot of polka dot items at the moment, which are sitting in my shopping cart. You can go check them out HERE.

For my accessories, I wore my Sophie Harper circle rainbow studs from Rocksbox.
I love Rocksbox because I can try out new trends in the comfort of my own home and wear them for as long as I like and then decide if I want to keep them or not. 
It is the best subscription box EVER!
I cannot speak more highly of it.
I have worked with Rocksbox for over 3 years now, because I truly love the brand.
Click HERE to get your first month and first box free with three jewelry pieces!

Be sure to try out both of these trends this summer, because chances are, they are going nowhere anytime soon!

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I am going into my senior year of college at Wake Forest University. I am thus, well versed in packing for college and what it is like to live in a dorm.
Freshman year I lived in Collins Residence Hall, Sophomore Year I lived in Davis Residence Hall and Junior Year I lived in Huffman Residence Hall.
I am giving you the ultimate college packing list, so you can make one trip to Bed Bath and Beyond and Walmart or Target and get everything you could ever need for your home away from home.
I am also including a clothing and shoes packing list!
I know this list might seem excessive, but I promise this is the list I curated and used when I was moving into my freshman dorm back in 2016!



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Hi friends!
Happy June!

I have had a crazy start to the summer already!
At the end of May, I got my wisdom teeth out and traveled to Chicago!

On June 1, I started studying for the LSAT. Studying is my main task this summer so I can go to law school after I graduate Wake Forest next year!

I will be studying every day in the mornings and working at J.Crew at the Americana Manhasset in the afternoons, (come stop by and say hi!), like I did part-time last summer. On Wednesday’s I will be working at my sister’s office on Long Island. I will also be babysitting and tutoring French on the side.

I have a busy summer ahead with a lot of studying and working. But do not worry there will be lots of fun times too!
I have some big travels plans again this summer, but nothing as big as Italy.
I do not want to give away any surprises, so you will just have to stay tuned!

Here was my outfit that I wore to my first day back at J.Crew!

J.Crew Factory pink shirt | American Eagle tall x4 jeggings | Baublebar white statement earrings (similar) | Tory Burch nude ballet flats

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